Veterans, Active Duty and Military Families

Posted on 05/30/24 by Careena Eggleston


Our mission at AARP is to empower people to choose how they live as they age, and a key part of that is supporting veterans and their families. We are committed to providing trusted information you can use when you need it. That’s why AARP offers free resources, community programming, and access to discounts to meet the unique needs of veterans and their loved ones.

When you’re a U.S. veteran with more than 40,000 organizations trying to help you across the country, it can be tough to find the right information. AARP’s Veterans and Military Families initiative brings together free, valuable resources and programs to help navigate life’s transitions.

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As we age, maintaining independence in the comfort of familiar surroundings often becomes a top priority. Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other organizations offer valuable resources to veterans who face mobility challenges and require home adaptations to suit their individual needs.

VA grant programs offer more than $150 million in funding each year, but fewer than half of all eligible veterans take advantage of them.* VA officials emphasize that increased awareness of these programs could lead to greater funding allocation, directly improving the lives of veterans and their families.

Although navigating the specific eligibility criteria and application process might seem complex, understanding the benefits offered can empower veterans to access these programs. With the right information and guidance, claiming these well-deserved benefits can lead to better outcomes and an improved quality of life.

This guide is designed to help you:

  • Assess how your health may affect your ability to live independently and determine which home modifications are applicable to your needs.
  • Learn more about the many benefits offered from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other organizations that help veterans, or their families, purchase or construct an adapted home or modify an existing one.
  • Understand how to apply for valuable home modification grants and related programs.
  • Identify how to get (no-cost) help from certified veterans representatives with specific experience and knowledge of service benefits.

Useful tips:

  • Be persistent. Criteria frequently change, so eligibility for certain benefits can change.
  • Gather and organize your military service information. The VA and other agencies require physical documentation to determine the specific benefits you qualify for.
  • Ask questions, seek help and reapply as information and your needs evolve.
  • After submitting initial applications, remain engaged to stay informed of any potential issues and avoid missing deadlines.

Download AARP's Home Modification Benefits Guide here or click on the image above.

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